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Sibs gear up for jam-packed weekend
Lineup offers a little something for everyone  

Feb 5, 2009  
By Katie Ronske and Kerry Kong  

Ohio University senior Regina Dechellis is counting down the hours to her sister's arrival this Sibs Weekend.

She has cleaned her apartment, stocked up on her sib's favorite junk food and created a vibrant welcome poster for the door. The only decision she has left to make is whether to buy tickets for Saturday night's Brandy concert or plan to attend the OHIO hockey match-up against Illinois.

"There are so many things to do that she really gets a chance to live the life of a college student for a weekend," said Dechellis, an exercise physiology major. "And for someone in a high school, there is nothing better than living the college life."

Dechellis said this year's Sibs Weekend visit is special for her sister, who will be graduating from high school in May and heading to college in the fall.

"She is still unsure where she will go, but I told her that she has to pick a school that has Sibs Weekend so she can return the hospitality," Dechellis joked.

This year's Sibs Weekend lineup features basketball and hockey games, comedy shows and special events in Baker University Center and the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center.

"We want sibs to feel welcome here, to feel that they are part of our community, and we celebrate them and their roles with our students," said Anne Lombard, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of campus life.

Here is a preview of this weekend's events:

  • Sibs Fest will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Baker University Center. Planned activities include karaoke, a salon offering manicures and pedicures, carnival games, Martie and Stewie crafts, a meet-in-greet with OHIO athletes and a Family Feud-themed game with prizes. Admission is free. 

  • Brandy and DAY 26 will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Admission is $17 for students or $20 for sibs and guests.

  • Rec Fest will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ping Center. Students and sibs are invited to take part in games (including inflatable ones!), crafts, face painting and more. Admission is free for students with a university ID or $6 for sibs and guests.

  • Ohio hockey will take on Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bird Ice Arena. Tickets are $6 for students and sibs and $8 for adults.

  • The Ohio men's basketball team will face Eastern Michigan at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Convocation Center. Tickets are free for OU students and $15 for the general public.

  • Movies that cater to sibs are on tap at the Baker Center Theatre, including "High School Musical 3" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and "Role Models" at 11 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

  • A pancake breakfast will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ping Center. Tickets are two for $10 or $6 in advance; $7 at the door.



Related Links
Ohio University Family Weekends:  http://www.ohio.edu/familyweekends 

Published: Feb 5, 2009 11:32 AM  

Monica Southworth, left, hangs out with her sister Kaitlin Southworth at the Ping Center's Rec Fest during Sibs Weekend 2008.

Photo by Kevin Riddell


Ebony Hodges waits for her younger sister to get off a bus at the
Convocation Center for last year's Sibs Weekend observance. This year,
Ohio University Alumni Association chapters are sponsoring buses from
Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown,
with proceeds going for student scholarships.

Photo by Chad Bartlett



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